HMNZS Kiwi (T102)

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New Zealand
Name: HMNZS Kiwi (T102)
Builder: Henry Robb Ltd. Scotland.
Commissioned: 20 October 1941
Decommissioned: 20 December 1956
General characteristics
Class and type: Bird class minesweeper
  • 607 tons standard
  • 923 tons full load
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 15.3 ft (4.7 m)
Propulsion: 1,100 ihp (820 kW) oil
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 33-35
Armament: 1 × 4-inch gun, 2 × 1 Hotchkiss, twin Lewis, 40 depth charges

HMNZS Kiwi (T102) was a Bird class minesweeper of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

She was commissioned in 1941 for minesweeping and anti-submarine roles. From 1948 to 1956 she functioned as a training ship.

On 29 January 1943, with her sister ship Moa, Kiwi rammed and wrecked[1] the Japanese submarine I-1. At the time Kiwi was under the command of Lieutenant Commander Gordon Bridson who was awarded the DSC and the United States Navy Cross[2] for this action.

Kiwi was the first of two vessels with this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after the national bird of New Zealand.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Waters, Sydney David (1956) The Royal New Zealand Navy, Page 307-309, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington.
  2. ^ Full Text Citations for award of the Navy Cross


  • McDougall, R J (1989) New Zealand Naval Vessels. Page 59-61. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0-477-01399-4

Further reading[edit]

  • Harker, Jack (2000)The Rockies: New Zealand Minesweepers at War. Silver Owl Press. ISBN 0-9597979-9-8

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